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Lady Knights claim seventh consecutive district title

By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County High School Lady Knights basketball team continued its streak of dominance in the 20th District, by capturing it seventh straight district title Saturday night in Adair County. The Lady Knights advanced to the championship game by defeating Taylor County in the opening round Thursday night by a final score of 65-26. Marion County then topped the host Adair County Lady Indians by a final score of 72-41 to capture the title.
In the district championship game, the Lady Knights had little trouble with Adair County. After jumping out to a 15-0 lead, Marion County continued to dominate and won the game by a final score of 72-41.
Over the first four minutes of the game, Marion County did all of the scoring.  A 15-0 advantage was built by the Lady Knights before Adair County got on the board with a pair of free throws. Epps led all scorers in the opening quarter with 10 points followed by Logan Powell with nine points as Marion County led 27-7 as the frame ended.
Marion County kept the offensive show going into the second quarter. Late in the quarter, the Lady Knights went on an 8-2 spurt to take a 42-16 lead with 1:11 left in the half. Kyvin Goodin-Rogers nailed a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer that capped off an 8-0 run to end the half and give Marion County a 50-18 halftime lead.
Makayla Epps nailed a three-pointer to open the third quarter and give the Lady Knights the 35-point lead needed for the clock to run. That three-pointer was the beginning of a 10-2 spurt to begin the second half that gave Marion County a 60-20 lead with just over three minutes left. The lead swelled to its biggest margin on a Colleen Rakes bucket with less than a minute left to give Marion County a 66-22 lead. Adair County reeled off the final five points of the period, but still trailed 66-27 heading into the final quarter.
The Lady Knights didn’t score in the fourth quarter until the 4:44 mark when Ambrasia Adams hit a bucket. Even with the offense struggling, the game was too far out of reach, and the Lady Knights went on to easily capture the 20th district title with a 72-41 win.
“We played extremely well, both offensively and defensively,” Coach Milby said.  “We came out to play from the start. I’m very pleased with where we are as a team.”    

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Marion County   27 23 16 6 – 72
Adair County         7 11 9 14 – 41
Marion County (32-0): Makayla Epps 19, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 13, Patrice Tonge 10, Logan Powell 9, Alexus Calhoun 9, Haeli Howard 4, Colleen Rakes 4, Ambrasia Adams 2, Kaylee Wheatley 2
Adair County (24-8): Katie Keltner 13, Mercedes Cox 10, Harlee Smock 5, Alex Keltner 4, Beth Owens 4, Brooklyn Coomer 3, Sammy Jo Kemp 2

In the postgame awards ceremony several Lady Knights were recognized. Colleen Rakes was named to the all-district academic team. Patrice Tonge, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, Logan Powell and Makayla Epps were named to the all-district season team. Alexus Calhoun along with Goodin-Rogers, Powell and Epps were named to the all-district tournament team. Epps was also awarded as the most outstanding player of the tournament.

Marion County vs. Taylor County…

Taylor County      2  11 3 10 – 26
Marion County   30 16 13 6 – 65
Taylor County (3-23): Haley Wright 7, Madison Lauer 5, Madison Burress 5, Shelby Johnson 4, Kaylee Pogue 2, Makayla Sabo 2, Caitlyn Baldwin 1
Marion County (31-0): Makayla Epps 19, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers 14, Alexus Calhoun 10, Logan Powell 8, Haeli Howard 5, Ambrasia Adams 4, Colleen Rakes 3, Timmera Burton 2